Carving Turkey or Poultry
Tips On How To Carve A Turkey
Carving turkey or
any poultry such as goose, duck or a roasted chicken can be a bit tricky if you
are new to this but it can even be difficult for most of us on occasions.
Steps For How To Carve A Turkey
so good to see the poultry carved in nice even slices and not have lots of bits
and pieces on your plate with lots of small pieces left over.
Here are some tips
on how to get the most out of carving turkey or any other poultry.
- A good sharp knife is needed to help you carve properly as a blunt one will only make a complete mess of your bird.
- First of all place
the bird on a wooden carving board or a large plate on it's back with the head
to the left. Insert a fork firmly into the breast bone and take hold of the
fork with the left hand.
- Cut clear to the leg
joint and then push the leg firmly away from the carcass so that the joint is
exposed, now sever the drumstick and the second joint in one piece from the
- Make an incision
either side of the bone in the second joint, cut under the bone at the end,
lift it up, cut underneath and between the bone and the meat so that you remove
this bone entirely.
- Now carve thin
slices of white meat from the breast, parallel with the breastbone and then
similar slices of the dark meat from the second joint again, parallel with the
- You can now serve
each person a slice of the light meat and a slice of the dark meat. A few
sprigs of parsley or cress can also be used here to garnish and a spoonful of
gravy at the side of the plate.
- If the pieces of
turkey meat from the breast are enough to serve everyone your carving is done.
If you need more meat, the wing should be carved next in the same manner as the
leg and divided at the joint.
- The tip of the wing
and the drumstick are not usually served if you are entertaining but can be
used for family meals in some other ways such as a hash.
- The turkey can be
turned over and carved in the same manner if even more meat is needed.
Otherwise keep the carcass for use in other recipes such as soups.